By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The twenty six candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ogun State House of Assembly election on Monday appealed to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole to recognise them as the party’s official candidates ahead of next year’s elections.
The candidates who had emerged through the consensus and primary arrangement spearheaded by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, submitted that they were elected as flagbrearers on October 7 during the legislative primary held across the state.
Speaking on Monday on behalf of the 26 candidates at the press conference, held at Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin House Abeokuta, Segun Idowu lamented that Oshiomhole has not given any of them the Candidate Form (CF001) barely three days after expiration of the deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the submission of candidates’ names.
Idowu said the candidates were shocked when the APC announced on Friday that the party had submitted names of candidates to the electoral umpire, thereby shutting them out of the race.
Amosun had in a statement on Saturday raised the alarm over the issue, saying Oshiomhole has “perpetrated another evil in Ogun State.”
Names and numbers of votes scored by each of 26 candidates during the primary said to have been conducted by Ali chiroma-led National Working Committee (NWC) panel, was attached to press statement distributed to journalists on Monday.
Two serving Commissioners, Adedayo Adeneye (Information and Strategy) and Modupe Mujota (Education, Science and Technology) were part of the aggrieved candidates present at the press briefing.
“We are therefore appealing through you (Media), to Nigerians, men and women of goodwill, to impress it upon the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to respect the mandates freely given to us by members of the APC in Ogun State”, Idowu who is running for Remo North constituency, said.
While pledging their loyalty and continued support to President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidates promised to ensure the president records “unprecedented votes” in 2019 elections in the state.